Bachelor in Cybersecurity

General

Program Description

The University of Tampa’s major in cybersecurity is a cutting-edge program that teaches students to protect the confidentiality, availability, and integrity of information and information systems that support modern organizations. Students receive a comprehensive education that focuses on both the fundamentals of information systems as well as advanced topics in areas such as network security, cryptography, risk management, security governance, business continuity, security architecture, physical security, and critical infrastructures.

Security Certifications

A key feature of UT’s cybersecurity major is that it prepares students for professional security certifications and designation, such as the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) exam. The program also gives students extensive hands-on experience using industry-standard tools in a modern cybersecurity lab.

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What Will You Learn?

Today’s society relies on an immense array of global networks and information systems to run organizations, support critical infrastructures and communicate. These networks are vital to our economy, transportation and energy systems, government, and much more. Network vulnerabilities can jeopardize personal and business information and disrupt economic growth. Cybersecurity professionals help protect these systems, contributing significantly to organizations’ success and stability.

UT’s major in cybersecurity is a cutting-edge program that teaches students to protect the confidentiality, availability, and integrity of information and information systems that support modern organizations. Students receive a comprehensive education that focuses on both the fundamentals of information systems as well as advanced topics in network security, cryptography, risk management, security governance, business continuity, security architecture, physical security, and critical infrastructures. Students practice their skills using industry-standard tools and software in UT’s cybersecurity labs. A dedicated network allows them to engage in real-time practice and research. A minor in cybersecurity is also offered.

Undergraduate Topics of Study

  • Application development
  • IT and cloud infrastructure
  • Information security principles
  • Risk management and compliance
  • Network security and cryptography
  • Physical and operational security
  • Penetration testing and ethical hacking
  • Management information systems
  • Professional certification test preparation
  • Cybersecurity capstone

Internationally Recognized Program

The Sykes College of Business is accredited at the undergraduate and graduate levels by AACSB International (the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), an honor held by only six percent of business schools worldwide. It is rated a top-85 graduate business school in the U.S. by Bloomberg Businessweek, and since 2007 has been named among the best business schools in the world by The Princeton Review.

UT has also earned the distinction of being one of the first and only U.S. universities to be ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certified in information security, human resources, management of information technology and the Sykes College of Business information security lab (IS 609052).

Security Certifications

A key feature of UT’s cybersecurity major is that it prepares students for professional security certifications and designation, such as the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) exam. The program also gives students extensive hands-on experience using industry-standard tools in a modern cybersecurity lab.

Cybersecurity Lab

The new cybersecurity lab is a state-of-the-art facility where students have access to the latest advances in technology. The lab provides a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience with firewalls, servers or setting up virtual machines on one of the 60 work stations. All devices are segregated on a separate network, so students can perform ethical hacking in a safe environment.

Career Outlook

Demand for certified security professionals is expected to rise as global commerce and modern society becomes increasingly dependent on information systems and related technologies. According to the U.S. News and World Report and the Cisco 2014 Annual Security Report, the average salaries nationally are $91,210, and there is a worldwide shortage of information security professionals at 1 million openings, even as cyberattacks and data breaches increase each year. UT’s innovative program prepares students to be leaders in the growing cybersecurity field and employed by prominent organizations worldwide.

Admissions

Local Freshman Admissions

  • Official high school or secondary school transcript or GED results
  • $40 nonrefundable application fee
  • SAT and/or ACT scores
  • Completed guidance counselor recommendation form or recommendation letter from a teacher (not required if you graduated from high school more than two years ago)
  • Essay
  • Official college/university transcripts for any credits completed

Undergraduate International Admissions

  • Official transcripts for all secondary school or college coursework, with grades translated into English ("Official" means that you must request your school to send your transcript directly to the UT Office of Admissions. If that is impossible, send a copy that has been certified by your school as a "true copy" of the original after it is copied. An official at your school should sign the document as "true copy of the original.")  
  • $40 nonrefundable application fee
  • Essay, written in English (not required if you already graduated from high school and have completed some college credits)
  • Completed guidance counselor recommendation form (first-year students only)
  • Proof of English proficiency (please submit one of the following):
    • TOEFL: the minimum acceptable score is 550 or 213 (computer-based) or 79 (Internet-based)
    • IELTS: International English Language Testing System – minimum grade of 6.5
    • DuoLingo: the minimum acceptable score is 105. The Duolingo English Test is an online English proficiency test that can be taken online, on-demand, in under an hour for only $49. The test is taken online via a computer with a webcam and microphone. The test includes a proficiency score, video interview, and writing sample which are shared with The University of Tampa when you send your results. Certified results are available within 48 hours of the test session.
    • Successful completion of the English 112 certificate offered by ELS Language Centers accompanied by a letter of recommendation from an administrator and a 500-word English writing sample.
  • Proof of available funds to cover expenses for the first year of study
  • Essay (first-year students only)
  • Copy of biographical page of your passport (if available)
  • International Student Clearance Form (if currently studying in the U.S.)

Note: For special circumstances, additional documentation may be required in all categories.

Admission deadlines

The deadlines for Bachelors are as follows:

  • November 15 - Early Action I deadline; decision by December 15
  • January 15 - Early Action II deadline; decision by February 15
  • March 1 - Regular Decision deadline; decision by April 1
  • March 2 - Applications completed after March 1 are evaluated on a rolling basis

The average cost for full-time undergraduate students

Tuition (12-18 credit hours per semester): $28,802
Mandatory Fees (required): $2,082
Room and Board (double room, 15 meals per week): $11,526
Average Cost of Books (per year): $1,500

Total:

$43,910
Last updated Jul 2020

About the School

The University of Tampa’s Sykes College of Business is a leading private institution focused on the development of tomorrow’s global leaders. Our commitment to excellence is reflected in our AACSB acc ... Read More

The University of Tampa’s Sykes College of Business is a leading private institution focused on the development of tomorrow’s global leaders. Our commitment to excellence is reflected in our AACSB accreditation — a recognition that places us among the top 5 percent of graduate business schools worldwide. Read less

Accreditations

AACSB Accredited